Friday, December 9, 2011

Report on 2011 Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed Sales

The Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed Fall Sales are now over. The last sale was held yesterday, although we do have two spring sales coming up in 2012.

Canadian Angus Association commercial field staff put on a lot of miles this fall; we only missed attending 3 locations.

Our field staff report that sales have been good right across Canada. The demand has been strong for Angus cattle in every weight division, both heifers and steers. Prices have also been strong. When good quality cattle were identified with Angus tags, they sold at the top of the sale. Demand for Angus tagged cattle was strong across the country throughout the fall run. Demand for Angus tagged cattle has increased over last year and commercial field staff received lots of questions from customers and feedlot staff about the tag program.

There is also lots of demand for red and black bred Angus cattle. People have even been willing to pay a little more for solid coloured cattle this fall.

This year was the first year for our Feedlot of the Year Awards. Wherever I went in Western Canada, people had heard about the awards and commented about them. I also talked to a lot of people about our Auction Market of the Year Award. Once again, I'd like to congratulate Ferme d'Anjou et Fils, winner of our Eastern Canada Feedlot of the Year Award; High Ridge Feeders and Shannondale Farm, winner of our Western Canada Feedlot of the Year Award; and to Assiniboia Livestock Auction, winner of our Auction Market of the Year Award.

Angus breeders should be very happy. This is the best fall I've ever seen in the beef cattle industry. Several of the old timers I've talked to have had the same thing. The best part is that there's enough of a shortage of cattle that prices should remain strong into next year.

Posted by Brian Good

Friday, December 2, 2011

Share your opinions!

Every member of the Canadian Angus Association was recently mailed their 2012 membership renewal and a member survey. The survey was developed through the direction of your elected Board of Directors. To those who have already taken the time to fill in the survey, THANK YOU. If you have not submitted your survey yet, the deadline is December 15.

Each member household was mailed a copy of the survey. The survey can also be filled in online. Please note that you will need to submit your membership number when completing the survey online, but your responses will remain anonymous.

This is the first comprehensive survey of Canadian Angus Association members for several years and does require that you spend some time answering the questions. As an incentive, the Board will draw one membership number from all the completed surveys received and that member will win their choice of an iPad or Blackberry Playbook.

Please take the time to share your opinions with the Board and help shape the future direction of the Canadian Angus Association.

Posted by Tina Zakowsky

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Saturday at Agribition

Saturday at Agribition brings excitement for everyone. The commercial sale is underway and going well. There are a lot of fantastic Angus influenced animals on offer here in the Stockman’s arena. Later today the Supreme Champion will be named, that show get underway at 4:00 p.m. this afternoon. Good luck to all participants and we will see if an Angus animal takes the prize this year. Our breed is very well represented. There have been many comments this week about the quality of all the Angus cattle in the barns this year.

Angus tags have been selling like hotcakes over the past couple of days but there is still time to pick up some from me or place your order. The weather is beautiful, the crowds are great and there is lots to see on the last day of the show.

Posted by Cheryl Hazenberg

Friday, November 25, 2011

Agribition Report November 25

The Angus show yesterday was a great success. Congratulations to all the exhibitors. Congratulations to TNF Red Angus of Riviere Qui Barre, AB, exhibitor of the Grand Champion Female Red TNF Young Kassie 3Y and to Ter-Ron Farms of Forestburg, AB, exhibitor of the Grand Champion Bull Red Ter-Ron Real Deal 01W. Congratulations also to Soo Line Cattle Co. of Midale, SK, exhibitor of the Grand Champion Female Soo Line Annie K 1008 and to BAR-E-L Angus of Stettler, AB, exhibitor of the Grand Champion Bull Southland Two Fitty 250T.

A great crowd came out to view the show and was not disappointed. There is still lots to see at Agribition through the weekend. The Commercial Show is underway now and the sale will run tomorrow morning. The Power & Perfection Angus Sale is tonight at 7:00 p.m. and there is the Canadian Angus Association sponsored commercial appreciation dinner tonight at 5:00 p.m. The fog has rolled in but the weather is still wonderful.

I can be found in the Blairs.Ag booth in the Stockman’s Arena. I will be here tomorrow as well. There are still some Angus tags available but they are going quickly and you can place an order and have them shipped home.

Posted by Cheryl Hazenberg

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Agribition Report

Our second full day at Agribiton has kicked off with both the red and black shows underway. There is a great turnout of cattle, exhibitors and spectators. Good luck to everyone participating.

Yesterday saw the Masterpiece sale being a success with a great turnout and lots of interest in the cattle on offer. We attended the International Reception last night and met with visitors from all over the world. Sixty different countries have representatives at Agribition this year.

We are lucky to have great weather this year with temperatures staying around the freezing mark. More updates to come as we move to the commercial show tomorrow. Look for me at the Blairs.Ag booth in the commercial barn Friday and Saturday.

Posted by Cheryl Hazenberg

Friday, November 18, 2011

Farmfair 2011

This year's edition of Farmfair International was quite an event. Along with CEO Rob Smith and President David Bolduc, I attended the reception for Alberta's new Agriculture Minister, Evan Berger. This was one of the first public appearances by Minister Berger since his appointment. The event also featured a number of representatives from agricultural organizations and government officials.

The Angus show featured one of the largest crowds in recent Farmfair history. The Angus breeders exhibited a high quality group of cattle from top to bottom. It was mentioned by more than one bystander that although the number of entries was lower than in the "old days of the Winter Classic", the quality of cattle was better. The Red Angus section was judged by Riley and Jill Mader while the Black section was judged by Jim Henderson.

There was a somewhat unprecedented but will deserved result in the Alberta Supreme Show. Both supreme Champions were exhibited by Miller Wilson Angus of Bashaw. The winning bull was DMM Creed 75W, co-owned by Miller Wilson Angus and Harold Reich. The winning female was DMM Miss Essence 37T, owned by Jaelayne Wilson. This is quite an accomplishment given the fact that this was the first Supreme show featuring winners from other major shows across Alberta. I will be interested to see which one(s) of the Miller Wilson clan will be driving the two new Dodge trucks!

Posted by Michael Latimer

Friday, November 11, 2011

The National Show and Royal Winter Fair

On November 4th I boarded a plane which would lead to a whirlwind adventure with Rob Smith and David Bolduc. First stop was Winnipeg to meet up with my Alberta counterparts and rent a car to travel to the National Show in Brandon. I was proud to Show off Brandon’s Keystone Center to Rob and David. Barns, show rings, restaurants, convention halls, the Wheat Kings, and our hotel all under one roof. I remember David saying I wish we could pick this up and take it to Calgary.

We attended the Manitoba Beef Producers supper that night had a delicious Certified Angus beef supper. The next morning I awoke early to help tie cattle in and got to tour the barns and visit with breeders. I helped out at the show by handing out banners to the champions. Congratulations to 6 mile for winning Grand Champion Female in the Red and Black Angus show. We had to leave early and I did not see who won Grand Champion Bull.There were some tense moments as we were driving back to Winnipeg to make our flight when a detour took us right through the middle of Portage Le Prairie.

We arrived in Toronto to our Beautiful Hotel in the shadow of the CN tower. This was my first time being outside of the Toronto airport and I was excited to see the city. The next morning I got on to the wrong shuttle bus to go to the Toronto Royal but ended up getting there in good time all the same. The show was spectacular, with competitors from Indiana to the Maritimes, Quebec and Ontario. The 4-H junior show was going on all afternoon in the next ring which was very entertaining. That evening I met George Earley from Ontario who toured me around the Hall of Fame before I met up with David and Rob in the Angus Barn.

The next morning we got up early and boarded our planes back to the frozen prairies that had been engulfed in winter since we left. In two hours I will be boarding a plane for Edmonton and Farmfair international. Hope to see you there.

Posted by Austen Anderson, Robert C. McHaffie Junior Ambassador

Friday, November 4, 2011

Alberta Age Verification Incentive Program Milestone

This morning we hit a milestone. The Angus Association has given away over $300,000 worth of free tags under the Government of Alberta’s Age Verification Incentive Program. That equates to producers receiving 102,908 free Angus tags. This phase of the program began in July 2010 and will continue until December 31, 2012.

Any Alberta producers who paid full price for their tags or who have not yet returned their signed 2011 AVIP application form to the office, need to do so as soon as possible. Those forms must be processed by us before the end of the year to qualify for this year’s incentive. Please fax them to (403) 571-3599 or email them to if you have any questions about this program please feel free to contact me anytime.

We offer free third-party age verification services to Angus tag customers. We can only accept information that is sent by fax, mail or e-mail. Be sure to include the tags used and first day of calving season or individual birthdates (including year) cross referenced to tag numbers. We require a few days to complete the work before your calves are sold. Please forward the information as early as possible. Birth certificates will be returned by mail unless otherwise instructed.

Posted by Cheryl Hazenberger

Friday, October 28, 2011

2011 Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed Sale at Mankota

What an event! Everyone in the Angus business should have the opportunity to attend an outstanding sale like this one. There were 3,500 head on offer, all of them were Angus-tagged and age-verified black Angus steers and heifers. There is no sale like this anywhere else in the world.

The sale attracted buyers from all over Canada, including Harry and Ed Dalke who recently won our
Western Canada Feedlot of the Year Award. They were so impressed with the cattle on offer that between them, they bought about one-third of the cattle.

Prices were as high as any we've seen across Canada this fall. The quality and uniformity of the cattle are so good that they barely have to be sorted. The sorts were into groups of over 200 for tri-axle loading.

If you missed this sale, there are still lots of Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed sales left. Look at our
Events Calendar or Fall Sale Listing to find a sale near you. Make sure you watch for our field reps and say hello.

I look forward to seeing you at a sale soon.

Posted by Brian Good

Friday, October 21, 2011

2011 World Angus Secretariat in Argentina

Every two years Angus Associations from around the world gather to share ideas and build relationships and form a united Angus front on a global scale. This year the World Angus Secretariat, now a conglomerate of 20 different Angus Associations, met in Argentina. Official delegates from Canada included Canadian Angus Association President David Bolduc, Past President Kirk Wildman, CEO Rob Smith, Junior Ambassador Austen Anderson, and Breed Development Specialist Kajal Devani. The official delegates attend the World Angus Secretariat Technical meeting where all the Associations share their technical challenges, and together the secretariat makes recommendations for adopting technology. At this year’s technical meeting we discussed SNP-based parentage verification, using genomic information in genetic evaluations and the benefits of data sharing between the Associations.

Also from Canada were 30 participants, the largest group of participants present in Argentina. The next numerous group of participants was from the Czech Republic who had 17 participants from their country. I really enjoyed the opportunity to get to know the 30 participants from Canada. You get to know people quite well if you have the chance to travel at length with them.

All Canadian participants would agree that this trip to Argentina was an incredible opportunity to witness Argentinean hospitality, to meet Angus enthusiasts from all over the world, to network and promote Canadian Angus genetics, and to establish strong working relationships. The trip gave me the opportunity to compare notes with breed development staff from 20 other Angus Associations. I recognize that most of them face the same challenges that we do, and I learned some new ways to approach different challenges.

While we were in Argentina, our Junior Ambassador, Austen Anderson, was an exemplary representative for Canadian Angus and Canadian juniors. He is creating a collection of all the photographs that were taken in Argentina so that they can be shared with all our members. So, keep an eye out for these!

Our hosts introduced us to Argentinean beef, wine, culture, Tango, heritage and people. The Canadian participants came back with a better understanding of how things are done all over the world, and in Argentina especially. Argentina is very heavily influenced by Europe, especially by the Spanish and Italians. Their Creole horses are beautiful, and they relish their gaucho traditions. 98% of Argentineans eat beef every day of the week, and their beef preparation methods were very tasty! Argentina is a very diverse country with arid mountain regions as well as more tropical southern regions. They struggle with infrastructure for roads and trade barriers that we can empathize with. And yet, they have huge operations with up to several thousand purebred Angus in their operations. Argentinean Angus breeders utilize a lot of American and Canadian genetics, and enjoy good relationships with many Canadian Angus breeders.

We look forward to the next Secretariat meeting which will be held with the 2013 World Angus Forum in New Zealand. The New Zealand Angus Association has designed a very fun Forum challenge for youth participants. You can read more about this by clicking on the following link:

Posted by Kajal Devani

Friday, October 7, 2011

Fall Sales Look Good So Far

Our 13th Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed Fall Feeder Sale of the 2011 run takes place today in Olds. So far, things are good and there is lots of optimism as the market has picked up this week. People are very happy at the auction marts and producers are feeling good. Many are finding that they are receiving more money than they did at the same time last year for comparable quality calves.

Supply and demand are a big factor, and this year that is driving prices up. The Canadian dollar has gone down a bit and that doesn't hurt either. Cattle prices have gone up while other commodities have gone down.

Guys are a bit slow in bringing their cattle to town, but that is typical for this time of year. The numbers will pick up after the Thanksgiving holiday and we'll see high numbers of cattle going through the auction rings through the end of October.

Have a great Thanksgiving, and watch for our commercial field reps at Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed Feeder sales near you. We will also have a booth and representation at both Red Roundup on October 21-22 and at Agribition November 23-26. A limited number of Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed Tags will be available for pick-up at each location.

Posted by Brian Good

Monday, October 3, 2011

Canadian Angus Foundation Update

The Canadian Angus Foundation has had one of its best years ever. We successfully raised $26,280 in the Baldy Fundraiser, half of which was donated to the ‘Kids with Cancer Society’. We also had a great turnout for the Junior Ambassador competition that featured some of the best youth that our Angus fraternity has to offer. Ultimately Austen Anderson of Swan River, Manitoba was selected as our ambassador for the upcoming year. Austen will travel to the World Angus Secretariat in Argentina as well as several shows and sales across Canada.

A few new opportunities for our Juniors include the chance for one CJAA member to have $500 of their travel paid to the GOAL conference in Regina this February. This is awarded through the Canadian Angus Memorial Fund and is open to members of the CJAA. To enter submit a paragraph stating ‘How you will benefit from attending GOAL’ to; be sure to include your contact information.

The inaugural Dick Turner Award will be presented at the 2012 Canadian Angus Association annual general meeting in Lethbridge. The criteria for the award will be announced early in 2012 so keep reading the Junior Connections newsletter and Angus World for more information.

The Canadian Angus Foundation functions to preserve and expand the Angus breed for future generations through education, youth development, scientific and market research, and historical restoration. More information about the Canadian Angus Foundation is available at or by email to

Posted by Michael Latimer

Friday, September 23, 2011

Performance Program Deadline Extended to November 1

We understand that weaning and weighing calves before October 11 is difficult for many breeders. The Canadian Angus Association has worked very hard with the Associations that we cooperate with in genetic evaluations on your behalf to increase efficiencies. We are very pleased to inform you that we are able to extend the deadline for performance data to be included in the next National Cattle Evaluation to Tuesday, November 1, 2011. Our staff will do their best to still have the new EPDs available in early 2012 for sale catalogue and bull buying decisions.

The Canadian Angus Association staff value our members and the feedback that you provide. We will continue to work hard for you to provide you with tools and services that are useful and practical for your Angus operation.

Please contact the Registry Department ( as soon as possible if you do not yet have the 205 day worksheet for your Spring 2011 born calves. If you received a Missing Data – Herd Inventory listing for Spring 2011, please complete it and return to us as soon as possible so we can generate the 205 day worksheet.

It is preferable that you mail the worksheet or submit your weights electronically or by HerdMaster to ensure accuracy.

Refer to the Breeder Handbook for assistance with completing the 205 day worksheet.

If you have any questions about weaning weights, online submission, the Canadian Performance Program or EPDs, please contact me.

Posted by Kajal Devani

Friday, September 16, 2011

The Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed Feeder Calf Listing Has Launched

Last week we told you about an exciting new initiative, the Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed Feeder Calf Listing. Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed Tag customers can list upcoming lots of animals on offer by private sale, through an auction market or internet auction, and we will post the list on our website and send it to anyone interested in purchasing Angus influenced calves. The service is free for those using Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed Tags.

The listing can be viewed on our website at It is also sent by e-mail. Please help us spread the word about this new service. To subscribe to the e-mail, send an e-mail to

To have your calves included, complete the Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed Feeder Calf Listing Information form and return it to the Association office. Please include as much information as possible, however, not including some information will not exclude you from participating.

Posted by Cheryl Hazenberg

Friday, September 9, 2011

New Service: Canadian Angus Feeder Calf Listing

The Canadian Angus Association has created a new free service that will be available on September 16 to help you market your Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed tagged feeder calves. The Feeder Calf Listing will list upcoming lots of animals on offer by private sale, through an auction market or internet auction and will be distributed to anyone interested in purchasing Angus influenced calves. List with us and let buyers know when and where your Angus-tagged calves will be sold!

An email will be distributed each Friday listing new groups of available cattle. A complete list will be maintained on the Canadian Angus Association website. To have your calves included, complete the Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed Feeder Calf Listing Information form and return it to the Association office. Please include as much information as possible, however; not including some information will not exclude you from participating. Listings will be posted online within 1 business day and included in the next weekly email. This free service starts on September 16, but you can send us the information now to be included in the first distribution.

I encourage you to sell your calves through a Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed Feeder Sale and calves selling at sales can still use this listing. This year there are 169 sales across the country at 67 different auction markets and a complete list of the 2011 sales dates is also available online. Contact your local auction market or any one of the Canadian Angus Association field staff for further information.

Posted by Cheryl Hazenberg

Friday, September 2, 2011

Greek Burger Recipe for the Labour Day Weekend

What are your plans for this last long weekend of summer? We've talked to members who will be fishing, camping, soaking up the sun, playing in ball tournaments and barbecuing. Lots of Angus breeders will be trying to squeeze in a little bit of R&R between haying and silaging. A few will be showing cattle this weekend.

For many of us, a summer long weekend is a great excuse to gather friends for a back yard barbecue featuring Angus beef. If such a gathering is on your agenda for the weekend, consider trying these Greek burgers. The recipe comes to us from Chef Dez at Lepp Farm Market (a Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed licensed participant) in Abbotsford, BC.

  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 large egg
  • 7 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 3 tbsp finely chopped fresh oregano
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/3 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl and divide equally into four portions. Shape each portion into a hamburger patty.
  2. Grill on a preheated barbecue, medium flame, until cooked through. (Burger temperature will be 160 degrees Fahrenheit when fully cooked.)
  3. Serve with tzatziki sauce, lettuce and tomato on a hamburger bun. For a gluten-free or lower calorie option, wrap hamburger patty in a large lettuce leaf instead of using a bun.
The recipe is easily doubled, tripled, etc. if you are expecting a crowd.

Whatever you do this long weekend, enjoy the sunshine and drive safely. Our office will be closed on Monday to recognize Labour Day, but we'll reopen at 7:30 a.m. MDT on Tuesday.

Posted by Tina Zakowsky

Friday, August 26, 2011

Remembering Walt Browarny

Like many in the cattle industry, Angus breeders are deeply saddened by the loss of renowned livestock photographer Walt Browarny.

I did not grow up in the business and only met Walt a few years ago. He was not a large man but he made a big impression. The first picture that I purchased from Browarny Photographics is posted here. It remains a favourite among our staff.

My first impression of Walt was that he was a quiet man with an incredible amount of knowledge. It was fascinating for me, a newbie to the industry, to listen to him reminisce with then CEO Doug Fee. They had great stories about stubborn cattle and the lengths Walt sometimes had to go to in order to get a photo. When I saw Walt in action some time later, I realized that he wasn't quiet all the time. Walt was great at giving orders. He had a way of making everyone jump to obey him--cattle included.

Our commercial fieldman, Brian Good, grew up in the cattle business. He remembers Walt as the guy who first gave meaning to livestock photography. "In the days when exotic cattle first came to Canada," remembers Brian, "Walt took a lot of pictures for the sale catalogues. It was a new way of marketing cattle." He describes Walt as "as much of a marketer as he was a photographer."

CEO Rob Smith also grew up in the cattle business and with Walt's photography. "My family (Tracy, Brody, Tyson and I) grew up in Walt's pictures for over 30 years," Rob says. "He documented the passing of our Smith/Gardner family time in a most meaningful way. His name adorns the walls of our homes and is a constant daily reminder to his place in the seedstock sector and agriculture industry as well as our family business. His fair approach to all breeds and all people (and, as I would learn as I became an adult, all species and events) was the gold standard. We have truly lost a giant."

Walt was a well respected livestock photographer and a legend in the industry. It's been said that Walt never missed an industry event. The American Angus Association profiled to him in their popular I Am Angus television series

On behalf of Canada's Angus breeders, we offer our sincerest condolences to Walt's wife Marie, his daughter Shannon, his son Allan, daughter-in-law Roxana and grandchildren Corbin and Sophia.

Posted by Tina Zakowsky

Friday, August 19, 2011

Canadian Angus Association Presents Eastern Canada Feedlot of the Year Award to Ferme d’Anjou et Fils

Left to right: Jerome Richard, Canadian Angus Association Director for Quebec; Wayne Gallup, Canadian Angus Association Fieldman; Jean Francois D'Anjou, Ferme d'Anjou et Fils; Guy D'Anjou, Ferme d’Anjou et Fils; John Donaldson, 2009 President Canadian Angus Association

Ferme d’Anjou et Fils of Quebec received the Canadian Angus Association’s Eastern Canada Feedlot of the Year award in recognition of their work feeding and promoting Angus and Angus cross cattle. Commercial Fieldman Brian Good presented the award at the Quebec Feedlot Society’s field day.

Ferme d’Anjou et Fils is located in Saint-Agapit, Quebec and is managed by Guy D’Anjou and his son Jean-Franรงois. The feedlot annually finishes between 4,000 and 5,000 head of mostly Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed tagged Angus and Angus-influence cattle for shipment to Ontario and American markets. Guy believes it is critical that the cattle he purchases are identified with an Angus tag that certifies the animal has at least 50% Angus genetics.

Ferme d’Anjou et Fils is a comprehensive enterprise. In addition to the feedlot, Guy operates a cattle transport company in cooperation with one of his sons, and operates Angus Zone restaurant and Les Viandes Chez Nous butcher shop with his family. Angus Zone and Les Viandes Chez Nous both offer Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed beef supplied by the Ferme d’Anjou et Fils feedlot.

The Canadian Angus Association introduced the Feedlot the Year award this year to recognize feedlots that promote Angus to their customers and that feed Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed tagged cattle. The award for Western Canada was presented to High Ridge Feeders and Shannondale Farm of Manitoba at our annual general meeting in June.

Posted by Tina Zakowsky

Friday, August 12, 2011

International Livestock Congress 2011

The International Livestock Congress (ILC) was held Wednesday in Calgary as part of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association Semi-Annual Meeting and Convention. It was an opportunity to interact with other industry partners as well as participate in a program which focused on trade opportunities, global trends and economic analysis in the beef industry.

A few key points were repeatedly emphasized throughout the day and paint a promising picture for the beef industry.
  • Canada produces a very high quality beef product which will always be in demand by consumers and foreign markets.
  • The Canadian dollar will remain strong.
  • As the Canada-EU trade negotiations progress, there are many issues which as an industry need to be addressed.
  • Consumers do want to purchase Canadian beef and they do look to the packaging to identify the origin of the beef prior to purchase.
The Canadian Angus Association was well represented at ILC with President David Bolduc, Brian, Michael, Kajal, Ciara, and Cheryl in attendance. Staff members have also been a part of the other aspects of the CCA’s Semi-Annual Meeting this week. By participating in events such as this it allows the Canadian Angus Association to strengthen its position as an industry leader and to be ready to seize the opportunities and face the challenges which encompass the Canadian beef industry.

Please contact anyone who was in attendance for more information on the conference or to find out how you can participate next year.

Posted by Cheryl Hazenberg

Friday, August 5, 2011

Journey to Colombia

In July, a group representing the Canadian Angus Association and Canadian Beef Breeds Council (CBBC) travelled to Colombia in an effort to influence an increase in trade relations between our nations. On August 15 the Free Trade Agreement between Canada and Colombia will take effect, and through this we expect to see an increase in the amount of Canadian Angus genetics and Canadian Angus beef exported to Colombia. I had the honour of representing the Canadian Angus Association along with President David Bolduc. Mauricio Arcila (Technical Services Coordinator) and Doug Fee (Executive Committee Director) represented CBBC on this mission.

While in Bogota we attended Agroexpo. This is a farm and ranch show that featured exhibits from various equipment dealers, equine events and livestock shows. It was held in a facility similar to that of the major Canadian exhibitions. It is held every two years and is the largest agricultural fair in northern South America and the Caribbean.

In 2011 the Angus-Brangus Association of Colombia is celebrating their 15th anniversary. We were invited to attend a reception to celebrate this milestone. At many different times over the five days at Agroexpo we were able to meet and have excellent discussions with their President Gustavo Lobo Gurerro and Executive Director Juan Santiago. They identified a strong desire to work with the Canadian Angus Association and we reciprocated that sentiment.

The Angus show was divided over two days with males and females showing on different days. The Red and Black animals showed together but separate from the Brangus. The style of showing was similar to that of North America with a few subtle differences, mostly in the showmanship area. Not dissimilar from our Canadian shows, the quality of cattle varied. The top animals would be competitive in our shows and the lower end animals were relatively poor. It was difficult to tell if this was a function of genetics or management.

This was a very successful mission for the Canadian Angus Association but there is still a significant amount of work to be done before we will know the exact potential of the market.

Read more about our Journey to Colombia in the next edition of Angus World.

Posted by Michael Latimer

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Showdown 2011

We (new CEO Rob Smith and Commercial Fieldman Brian Good) had the pleasure of attending Showdown in Weyburn, Saskatchewan. Showdown 2011 was a smashing success. It was an excellent display of quality livestock and, more importantly, an incredible display of extraordinary skill from over 100 youth representatives from coast to coast.

We are both impressed with the incredible creativity of the youths in their graphic design and marketing. The extent to which these youths are able to "ride for the brand" is right up there with the best. Even the experts in marketing Angus genetics are blown away by our youths efforts to promote Angus cattle and beef.

We saw some great Canadian genetics--including the Canadian Class Champion Sealin Creek Rosebud Lass 123X exhibited by Allison Speller. This year there were about 160 head cattle from all four western provinces and Ontario. It was as good a display of livestock as we've had at any type of Angus show, not just Showdown, for some time.

And while the cattle display was impressive, the main focus is not just the cattle; Showdown is about so much more. You don't have to show cattle to attend Showdown. For example, Alec Drury didn't show any cattle but he participated in and won three other events.

It was also great to see an active contingent of peewee participants, 12 youths under the age of 9. Emma Thomason was one of the crowd favourites. Nolan Chalmers told us that he "Learned everything he knows from his grandpa, John Duivenvoorden, but wanted to come to Showdown to learn another perspective." Very impressive insight, especially coming from such a young cattleman!

Everybody really enjoyed the cook-off competition. Rob tried to eat all the steaks presented to him. If you've ever attended Showdown and seen the cook-off competition, you know that there is a lot of beef! The audience had fun watching and was awed by the new CEO's ability to eat steak. Although some participants insisted they didn't know how to cook, the creativity shown was amazing. One team created a steak marinade with Dr. Pepper. While the steaks were on the grill, they sprinkled cinnamon on them. It was unusual but very tasty!

We can't say enough good things about Showdown and our youth participants. If our future is in good hands, then our future is now. The dedication, enthusiasm and wisdom of these youths is out there now. It doesn't have to wait for the future.

Posted by Rob Smith & Brian Good

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Ontario Angus Field Day

I had the opportunity to attend and speak at the Ontario Angus Field day held on Sunday, July 17. Hosted graciously at the beautiful Cairnlee Acres by Victor and Yvonne Richardson, the field day was blessed with sunshine, warm weather and about 40 participating breeders.

Sandy Reid from RK Animal Supply demonstrated how he recommends tattooing our animals. Sandy owns and tattoos about 100 head of his own every season and had some good pointers from lessons learnt, including the suggestion to keep a sheaf of paper nearby and test your tattoo on it first. This will save you from tattooing all your calves with your herd letters in the wrong order, or with last year’s letter by mistake. I shared with our members that our new breeder handbook, which is available on our website, has very comprehensive step-by-step instructions for tattooing, plus our rules and regulations in regards to tattooing. We are also working on a video that will be available on YouTube and our website later this summer. Several members expressed that legible tattoos are a concern at sales and shows and breeder education is certainly appreciated.

Scott Bothwell from Beef Improvement Ontario demonstrated ultrasound scanning on a heifer. As I mentioned in my presentation, because we do not receive kill floor carcass information, we use ultrasound scan data exclusively to calculate carcass EPDs. We encourage breeders who select based on carcass traits to ultrasound scan their animals. Scott demonstrated the correct way to scan an animal and the challenges a technician faces to capture accurate images.

I presented an explanation of what EPDs are, how they are calculated and how they are best used. Members that attended asked some very good questions and it is evident to me, as one breeder said, that the way in which people think about the performance program is changing. Breeders are recognizing the value and the necessity of the program.

I would like to thank Ontario Angus for the opportunity to meet so many breeders and talk to them about EPDs. It gives me an idea of the information members are looking for and also about what new developments would excite our members.

Posted by Kajal Devani

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Red and Black Baldy Fundraiser Check Presentation

For the past several months the Canadian Angus Foundation has carried out the Red and Black Baldy Fundraiser. The challenge was issued to President Kirk Wildman, Rob Smith and me, to raise money with the highest fundraiser having their head shaved during the banquet at the 2011 Canadian Angus Annual Meeting in Clear Lake, Manitoba.

In the end, all three of us had our heads shaved. The campaign raised a total of $27,280 with half of the proceeds going toward the Canadian Angus Foundation and half going toward the Kids with Cancer Society. On Monday, July 4, Kirk, his son Thomas and I presented a check to the Kids with Cancer Society Executive Director, Val Figliuzzi for $13,640. The Kids with Cancer Society is a tremendous organization that works toward a very important and worthwhile cause.

I am very proud of the level of support we received from the members of the Canadian Angus Association. We were supported by 145 different individuals, farms, families, and other agricultural groups. Many of these donors represent more than one person which makes this even more significant. It is now the most successful fundraising campaign in the history of the Foundation. When we initiated the campaign, I was skeptical as to the amount of money that we would be able to raise. I couldn’t believe that anyone would pay a wooden nickel to see Kirk, Rob, or me shave our heads in the middle of summer. It didn’t take long for me to realize that it had nothing to do with any of our hair. It had to do with the cause we were supporting in that everyone either knows someone or has been affected by cancer themselves and are very passionate toward the cause. The members of the Canadian Angus Association, whether they contributed to this campaign or not, should be extremely proud of this accomplishment. It truly shows the generosity and passion of everyone in the agriculture industry.

Posted by Michael Latimer

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Happy retirement Doug Fee

Over the last 17 years, Doug Fee has taken the Canadian Angus Association from the 4th-largest beef cattle breed with a staff of 3 and 29,931 registrations to Canada’s leading beef breed with a staff of 13 and 55,452 registrations. When Doug joined the Association, registrations were completed by Canadian Livestock Records Corporation, there was no Junior program, and the Association offered a limited number of programs.

One of Doug's first tasks as General Manager was to bring the Canadian Angus Association registry in house. The first registrations were processed in January 1996. One year later, we were recognized as having Canada’s largest purebred beef cattle registry.

Doug oversaw the Canadian Angus Association office’s move to Calgary, and the grand opening was held in conjunction with the Association’s 90th anniversary.

The Canadian Junior Angus Association was formed, and the Juniors held their first event, Showdown, in 2000. Sixty competitors from six provinces brought 100 head of cattle to compete in the 3-day event.

In 1999, we became the first beef breed to offer a tag that met the requirements of the national cattle identification program while also identifying Angus cattle electronically and visually. In the first year of the Canadian Angus Certification Program, about 20,000 tags were sold. That number has steadily increased and in 2010, over 240,000 Angus tags were sold. The Canadian Angus Association made the move to RFID technology in 2005, ahead of the rest of the industry. The program also became truly national in 2009 with the introduction of an Angus ATQ tag for producers using Angus genetics in the province of Quebec.

As CEO, Doug has attended meetings of the World Angus Secretariat in Denmark, South Africa, Ireland and Canada. Canada was the host country in 1985 and 2009.

Doug was part of a 2004 Canadian delegation that celebrated the 125th anniversary of the founding meeting of the Aberdeen Angus Cattle Society in Scotland. A plaque was unveiled in the Perth hotel where the founding meeting was held, and the gravestone of Hugh Watson of Keillor, recognized as the founder of the breed, was rededicated.

On behalf of Canada’s Angus breeders, Doug presented a gift heifer to Her Majesty the Queen Mother on the occasion of her 100th birthday in 2000. He also represented Canadian Angus breeders and the World Angus Secretariat two years later at the Queen Mother’s funeral.

Doug successfully managed the Canadian Angus Association throughout the darkest days in the Canadian beef industry, when the discovery of a single animal with BSE in May 2003 brought the industry to a near halt. Despite the crisis created by BSE, the Canadian Angus Association registered a record 53,412 animals in 2003. That record was broken in 2005 when 56,159 animals were registered, and was broken again in 2006 when 60,744 animals were registered.

In 2006, Angus registrations in Canada increased to over 50% of the Canadian purebred cattle population for the first time. Other significant firsts in 2006 include the first all-age-verified, all-tagged, all-Angus sale in Mankota, Saskatchewan, and the Junior Association’s first Guiding Outstanding Angus Leaders (GOAL) conference.

Doug, you will be missed by the staff and members of the Canadian Angus Association. Under your leadership, we have grown and progressed as a breed. We all thank you for your years of dedication and wish you enjoyment and fulfillment in your retirement.

Posted by the Canadian Angus Association staff

Monday, June 27, 2011

Canadian Angus Association's 2010 Auction Market of the Year Award Presented to Assiniboia Livestock Auction

Assiniboia Livestock Auction has been chosen as the Canadian Angus Association’s 2010 Auction Market of the Year in recognition of their work promoting Angus and Angus cross cattle. The award was presented at the Livestock Markets Association of Canada annual convention on June 10.

Assiniboia Livestock Auction is operated by Roy and Ryan Rutledge, a father and son team. They've been in operation at this location for 25 years and hold a number of special Angus feeder sales for both black and red Angus cattle in the fall. They sell between 3,000 and 5,000 cattle on a pre-sort system each fall. They also sell across Canada through Direct Livestock Marketing Association online sales. They advertise these Angus sales on the radio, in local newspapers and industry publications. They are very proactive in promoting the Canadian Angus Rancher Endorsed tag program and fully support it.

Assiniboia is well known throughout the Canadian feedlot industry for selling top quality Angus and Angus influence cattle. Although the bulk of their sales are in the fall, they promote Angus year-round to our members, both purebred and commercial. Assiniboia trades more Angus cattle in a year than any other auction in Canada. They also have their own ranches, running over 2,000 Angus and Angus influence cattle.

We are very pleased to present the 2010 Canadian Angus Association Auction Market of the Year Award to Assiniboia Livestock Auction for an outstanding performance.

Posted by Brian Good

Canadian Angus Association's First Feedlot of the Year Award

At the recent Canadian Angus Association annual general meeting, CEO Doug Fee presented the Association's first Feedlot of the Year Award to Ed and Glori Dalke of High Ridge Feeders and Harry and Brenda Dalke of Shannondale Farm. The Dalke Brothers, as they are known in the industry, were chosen in recognition of their work feeding and promoting Angus and Angus cross cattle.

Both locations feed about 3,500 head of cattle, some of which are custom fed. They purchase black Angus calves tagged with Angus tags in the fall from different locations in Western Canada, namely Brandon, Virden, Mankota, Medicine Hat and Maple Creek.

Their location in Morden means that they can grow cereal grains and corn for their feedlots. They also are able to market the cattle east, west and south for various branded Angus beef programs.

We are very proud and excited to present this award to Ed and Glori and Harry and Brenda for their dedication to Canada's Angus breeders.

Posted by Brian Good

Friday, June 24, 2011

We're still shipping Angus tags

We want to reassure you that accommodations are being made to deliver Angus tags while the Canada Post labour dispute continues. Tags are being shipped from Kane Veterinary Supplies via Purolator or bus at no additional charge to the customer. Or if you prefer, tags can be picked up at the Canadian Angus Association office in north east Calgary or at Kane in west Edmonton. Other arrangements can also be made; call us and we will accommodate you the best we can.

Order your tags online or phone 1-888-571-3580/(403) 571-3580 ext 238. Faxed order forms are also accepted at (403) 571-3599. Please remember to include a street address for Purolator deliveries.

Age Verification information can also be faxed or emailed to the office and birth certificates can be returned the same way. This information cannot be taken over the phone, however, we are happy to accommodate written requests all year long. Avoid the fall rush and have your animals age verified any time.

Posted by Cheryl Hazenberg